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real business. >>> all right. first up, as airport delays mount to the faa is blaming the spending cuts sequester, forcing thousands of air traffic controllers to take unpaid leave. but republicans blame the obama administration for selectively choosing which cuts would make us all feel the most pain. take a listen to kansas senator jerry moran earlier today. >> it seems as if politics is playing a significant role in the determining what actions the faa are taking, and every indication that i have from conversations with my colleagues is it emanates from the white house. >> all right. here to talk about what i call the phony crisis and the obama democrats' attempt to raise $1.2 trillion in taxes is texas republican congressman, vice chair of the joint economic committee, my friend brady. and democratic strategist steve mcmann and townhall.com's guy benson here with me. mr. kevin brady, welcome. i know you blasted the irs for their fur lows. but i want to just put up -- i don't know if you can see this, probably not. i'm going to read the numbers. we're going to show you that the faa ha
, the sequester. the faa told us they don't have enough people at kennedy so oui not taking off. i said you have to be kidding me? i'm sorry. wield have loved to announce it to people so you could go mack your calls, but the faa has ordered a full stop and we are not allowed to do anything and we have no idea until two minutes ago. >> what about the sequester's impact in a real way on ticket sales particularly for government employees and the like and travel will? i know we reported decent quarters and i know we've been talking about them as investments for the first time ever as opposed to trade. >> there is a concern for business travel and leisure travel. >> the board says on time, and they have no control of whether it's on time. suddenly on time means nothing, david. on time means nothing because if you look at it they don't know. i said, come on, delta has to know. the faa said please tell people it's because we're shorthanded and we don't want to be shorthanded in kennedy when you land, and i thought that was wise. i too, would like enough air traffic controllers to handle kennedy opinion
caught up in the faa sequester and this is probably the first hand account of sewing th seeing this. >> we were about to take off and the pilot comes back and doesn't see me cnbc. the faa says we don't have enough air traffic controllers to take off. i said is this from delta? the faa wanted to make it very clear to everyone onboard is that the reason we're not taking off is because they're shorthanded. oh, jim kramer from cnbc, would you please get the word out that we're not taking off because the faa said you cannot come from orlando. we're not ready. we don't have enough people. it was pretty amazing. >> it was orlando to where? la guard wra? >> orlando to kennedy. >> it was absolutely not a weather delay. we are ready to go. delta is ready to go. the faa says listen, you can't come in. we don't have enough people. we can't do the job. it was remarkable. we said how long? two and a half hours? why is that? >> maybe two and a half hours the faa says they might be able to round up enough people to land the airplanes in kennedy. >> that is stunning. i was watching in horror because
penalty. >>> passengers experienced some delays at u.s. airports on monday as the faa began imposing furloughs of air traffic controls. but the widespread traffic never really materialized. flight aware.com says only about 150 flights were canceled. and is while some people waited nearly two hours to take off, delays were much shorter on average. let's get more now from aviation industry consultant ray. ray, good to see you. this isn't just a story about monday, is it? the real question is what happens as these furloughs continue to play out? >> yes. it's going to take at least a couple of days before we see the full impact of these budget cuts. >> talk a little bit about what's coming down the pike. it's pretty significant, to some extent. >> it is. and i think this puts forward a good argument on why the faa should be a public corporation in the u.s. with its own budget to get away from some of the politics of washington. this is a mandatory type of function that the airlines do need and is it's going to be very costly to the airlines, i believe, if this situation continues to move
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